Date: November 15, 2014
Author: Martin Blake /

Munoz threatens Webb’s position

<image="1" align="left" />Karrie Webb is not about money anymore, but the veteran Australian could be excused for having one eye on the Lorena Ochoa International in Mexico this weekend, the second-to-last LPGA Tour tournament of the season.

That's because it is the final event in which players can qualify and manoeuvre their positions in the season-ending Race to CME Globe, which is similar to the men's tour and its Fedex Cup.

Azahara Munoz is poised to push ninth-placed Webb out of the group who can win the $1 million bonus on offer at the tour championship, which is scheduled for next weekend in Florida.

In a nutshell, as the CME Globe is set up only the top nine have a chance of winning the $1 million, and Webb is ninth after her top-10 result in Japan last weekend.

The Australian has been safe in the Tour Championship for some time, having won the Women's Australian Open and the Founders Cup by the end of March, and in fact, she has played fewer tournaments (18) than any of the top group of players who will be after the big money on offer next week.

Munoz is 10th overall and the Spanish player will displace Webb in the top nine if she finishes fourth or better this weekend. That she is tied-third at seven-under par through two rounds, just three shots back from the leader, Christina Kim, is not good news for the 39-year-old Webb.

After Japan last week there are 14 players who can reach the top nine, with Na Yeon Choi and Jessica Korda eliminated. Webb was in 10th before Japan, but jumped into the top nine, but by declining the trip to Mexico, she is in an exposed position. The likes of Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr and Suzann Petttersen all have some chance of ousting Webb if they won in Mexico.

Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park cannot be displaced from the No. 1 and No. 2 positions in the points standings.

Meanwhile Australia's Wade Ormsby is in contention at the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour.

Ormsby was nine-under par through 16 holes of his second round when weather intervened. He is four shots back from the lead, held by England's Ian Poulter.